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  #1  
April 11th, 2005, 01:26 AM
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How many vegetarians here also eat organic whenever possible and avoid genetically engineered foods as well?
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April 12th, 2005, 07:56 AM
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My mom is pretty strict about doing this but infortunately financially I am just not able to. Organic is WAY too expensive for my budget. But if I could I would.
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April 13th, 2005, 02:02 AM
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I would eat organic if it wasnt so expensive!, this year I am growing alot of veggies myself though, mainly carrots, corgettes, cucumbers, tomatos, strawberries and salad stuff, next year I hope to grow more and not have to buy store bought veggies
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April 13th, 2005, 02:06 AM
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The only organic produce I find always expensive are plums, nectarines, peaches, apricots, asparagus, and artichokes. Othe then that the prices are no big deal to me at all. All the other non-produce foods are not pricey at all to buy organic. I spend maybe $20-$30 more a shopping trip from when I used to shop at awful places like Safeway and such opposed to Whole foods as my primary grocery store.
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April 14th, 2005, 01:40 PM
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$20-30 more is way too much for my budget.
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April 14th, 2005, 05:53 PM
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$20-30 more is way too much for my budget.
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April 14th, 2005, 06:01 PM
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yea its too costly!1 I wouldlike to tho!!
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April 14th, 2005, 11:03 PM
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Maybe you all go grocery shopping more often then I? I go about once every 3 weeks and spend about $190-$230 for 2 people depending on how much back stock I'm getting. I don't find that a lot at all. It's not like we're rich either and we do buy a whole lot of produce each shopping trip. All organic produce is not expensive, just things like asparagus, peaches, plums, nectarines, pomegranites, pineapple etc... Not sure why those specifically though. The rest is like pennies more then the non-organic genetically engineered stuff.
I used to think it was just so much more expensive & I couldn't possibly afford that much for organic... Till I actually started buying it on a regualr basis after realizing just how much genetic engineering had made it's way into our foods/produce specifically though and was so grossed out by that fact and realized after comparing same items from old receipts from the "regualr" grocery stores I used to shop at that I wasn't spending that much more and certainly not enough more to consider going back to buying the crappy food I was buying and putting into my poor body
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April 15th, 2005, 04:13 AM
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I have the same problem it is too expensive but my other problem is that I would have to drive about thirty minutes to find a store that sold organic foods. My grocery store sucks!
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April 15th, 2005, 05:57 AM
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We try to stay on a whole foods diet (only natural foods or ingredients, nothing processed or made with ingredients we can't pronounce or imagine growing in the ground) and use organic whenever possible. If you have a Trader Joes nearby, it is not expensive at all. It is only expensive when you try to buy organic stuff at Jewel or Dominick's or other "regular" grocery store. Unfortunately we just moved very far away from TJ's and so I have to shop at a regular store now. They dont' have as much organic / natural food choices and are more expensive, so we end up with stuff that doesn't exactly fit the whole foods definition. We lived strictly on the whole foods thing for awhile and once you do, you realize how gross all that other stuff sold in grocery stores is and it becomes really hard to stomach.

A good tip for shopping in a regular store, but avoiding anything processed: Only shop the perimeter of the store (fruit, veggies, breads, eggs, nuts are all usually sold there) -- DO NOT go down any of the aisles.
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April 15th, 2005, 11:37 AM
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We lived strictly on the whole foods thing for awhile and once you do, you realize how gross all that other stuff sold in grocery stores is and it becomes really hard to stomach.

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So true! I found this especially true w/ produce. After about a year of buying organic I found that when I did eat a non-organic vegi or fruit I could taste the diferent between organic and non. I found the taste and texture different w/ organic bananas opposed to non as organic is much sweeter and non was very bland I guess due to the chemilces that saturate it. Broccoli there's a big difference especially when steamed you see how incredibley vibrant green the heads turn and I never saw this w/ non-organic broc.
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April 18th, 2005, 03:35 PM
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It is great if you can spare it but I am on a pretty tight budget. I am sure more people can relate to being on a budget than you would think.
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April 19th, 2005, 09:35 AM
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As far as the budget thing goes, if you try using my trick of only shopping the perimeter of the store and not going down any of the aisles, you'll find not only are you eating healthier but you spend less money too. Try it!
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